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OUT NOW! The 25th annual edition, The Prisons Handbook 2024, published 20 October 2023 – it is the definitive annual guide to the prison systems of England and Wales that has been fully revised and updated.
“An incredible reference book on Prisons; I keep a copy in my top drawer and I refer to it frequently”
Director General, HM Prison Service.
£39.99 inc FREE Delivery! The 7th Edition published December 2023 Written, edited and published by reformed offenders this is not an academic reference book but a highly practical guide to serving & surviving a prison sentence in England and Wales by those who have been there. It covers legal rights, housing, family, healthcare, personal injury, vulnerable prisoners, and difficult issues too – like sex in prison, self-harm, avoiding gangs, extremism, the dangers of debt, bullying and the fatal dangers of ‘legal highs’.
“This excellent book should be on every bed, in every cell, in every jail in the country” – Paul Ferris: ‘The Wee Man’
Now in our 17th year, Converse is the 40-page largest circulation national monthly prisons news paper for England and Wales – delivered to prisons in print format every month, it is also available digitally in both public and private prisons with in-cell technology and downloaded to over 2,500 offline inmate educational laptops in almost 100 prisons too!
£39.99 inc FREE Delivery! The 7th Edition published December 2023. Prison Law is a hugely important subject, affecting the rights and liberties of over 80,000 people every single day – yet its sources are spread around a plethora of places from statute, to statutory instruments, prison service orders, prison service instructions, advice to governors, circular instructions, standing orders and Policy Frameworks….. and the highly popular Prison Law Index brings all those sources together within one book!
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This means we are approved not only to send into prisons our own books and newspapers direct to prisoners but that, additionally, we’re also approved to source publications from other non-approved publishers too.
The Prisons Handbook 2024
The Prisons Handbook 2024, was published on 20 October 2023 and is now available for purchase at a discounted price.
It is the definitive annual reference book on the prison system of England and Wales and has been for decades.
“A highly reliable resource, providing accurate information about our prison system for over 25 years” Phil Wheatley CB (2023). Former Director General of both HM Prison Service and the National Offender Management Service.
“An incredible reference book on Prisons; I keep a copy in my top drawer and I refer to it frequently” Director General, HM Prison Service.
“Strongly recommended” Chief Executive HM Prison & Probation Service 2023.
The Prisons Handbook & Oracle:
“The Prisons Handbook has for many years been an excellent example of clear effective communication providing a comprehensive guide to prisons for prisoners, their families and for practitioners across the Criminal Justice System. Alongside the equally excellent Prison Oracle website it provides a window into the Prison system which is immensely valuable – and as important today as it has ever been!”
Prison Law Index 2024
7th Edition Published December 2023.
£39.99 inc FREE Delivery! Prison Law is a hugely important subject, affecting the rights and liberties of over 88,000 people every single day – yet its sources are spread around a plethora of places from statute, to statutory instruments, prison service orders, prison service instructions, advice to governors, circular instructions, standing orders and Policy Frameworks….. and the highly popular Prison Law Index brings all those sources together within one book!
Prison Law Index 2024
“Prison Law Index 2024 is a remarkable and much needed book which should prove invaluable to prisoners and legal practitioners alike.”
The Cell Companion 2024
7th Edition. Published December 2023.
£39.99 inc FREE Delivery! From reception to release, the book covers legal rights, housing, family, healthcare, personal injury, vulnerable prisoners, and it tackles the difficult issues too – like sex in prison, self-harm, avoiding gangs, extremism, the dangers of debt, bullying and the real danger of drugs and especially the potentially fatal ‘legal highs’.
Whether you are going to prison or are already there, this is the book for you and your family, friends and legal advisers too.
The Prison Oracle:
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The Prison Oracle:
I’m impressed at how comprehensive it is.
An excellent collection of Data and Information, I’m impressed at how comprehensive it is. A bonus is access to Reports like Woolf, Woodcock, May, Learmont and others before the Internet and difficult to otherwise access. The data is user-friendly, useful for research and easy to use with access to data on the Prison Population, Safety in Custody, and Workforce Statistics easier to access and use than on the Government’s own website. A very helpful, comprehensive, user friendly source of information on prison issues.
The Prison Oracle:
‘The’ Go-To Place for Everything Prison Related.
The sheer depth of available information, coupled with a simple user interface, makes The Prison Oracle ‘the’ go-to place for everything that is in any way prison related. There’s a vast array of publications, alongside historic reports that you simply can’t find anywhere else online.
Having such a wealth of data at your fingertips, without the need to trawl the internet for hours, is exactly why I subscribed. The Prison Oracle is a tangible learning resource for anyone with an interest in the justice section; I urge you to take a look for yourself.
The Prison Oracle:
An excellent collection of information, data and reports
The Prison Oracle, with everything about prisons all in one place, has long been needed and I’m delighted it’s finally arrived – I ‘ve subscribed and it’s such an excellent collection of information, data and reports for practitioners, justice professionals or anyone with an interest in justice issues or reform, I’ve no hesitation in recommending The Prison Oracle to all my Correctional Services colleagues. An added advantage is the simple access to reports that shaped the modern Prison Service – Woodcock, Woolf, Learmont, May, Carter, and Corston.
“I’ve spent considerable time pursuing The Prison Oracle and its extensive content and found it to be an incredibly useful source. What I like best about it, is the idea that the information is there at your fingertips, without the need to trawl through page after page of internet content. The site is user friendly and easy to navigate. Overall, for anyone interested in prisons, this is most certainly a valuable and convenient source.”
Jo Prescott, Lecturer in Criminology & PhD candidate (@Joprescott8)
Director General HM Prison Service (Ret)
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Its all here, in one place, authoritative and from the publisher that experts trust.
Expert publications on Prisons from the publisher experts trust – we are a Ministry of Justice approved book retailer which means you can order with confidence
As an accredited news outlet we receive embargoed advance notice of new items before they are made public, which means you get them as soon as the embargo has passed – we also monitor all the breaking news on prisons too!
With 25 years experience we are experts on the practice and policies of prisons – our expert analysis will help you understand what new policies mean and how they fit in with current strategies.
Our database gives you access to over 44,000 pages of information that’s up to date – from prison inspectorate reports, to freedom of information act requests and fatal incident reports from the prisons ombudsman.
Opening up the Closed World of Prisons
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The Prisons Handbook
“Much more than a book about prisons, this is a tour-de-force through current penal policy
Prison Service Journal
The Cell Companion
“Outstanding, tackles the deadly dangers of prison debts, drugs, gangs – a book by experts that’s been needed for years.”
Nick Leader, Governor,
“The best national monthly prisons newspaper by a mile, the only one edited and published by reformed offenders –
their experience shines through.”
Paul Ferris, ex-offender
(“The Wee Man” Movie)